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The North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process and the NC Final Exams
The NC Final Exams are used to assess educators’ performance in relation to Standard 6 and Standard 8 of the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System (State Board policy GCS-A-016). Both the teacher and the school executive evaluation processes include a student growth component. Standard 6 focuses on the amount of growth students achieve as the result of a teacher’s instruction.
Standard 6: Teachers contribute to the academic success of students. The work of the teacher results in acceptable, measurable progress for students based on established performance expectations using appropriate data to demonstrate growth.
Standard 8 focuses on the amount of growth students achieve as the result of their instruction in a school.
Standard 8: Academic Achievement Leadership. The school executive will contribute to the academic success of students. The work of the school executive will result in acceptable, measurable progress for students based on established performance expectations using appropriate data to demonstrate growth.
“The intended purpose of the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process is to assess the teacher’s performance in relation to the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and to design a plan for professional growth. The principal or a designee must conduct the evaluation process in which the teacher actively participates through the use of self-assessment, reflection, presentation of artifacts, and classroom demonstration(s)” (State Board of Education policy TCP-C-004).
North Carolina Final Exams Frequently Asked Questions (pdf, 396kb)
This resource provides answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about the NC Final Exams.
Test Administrator's Guides
The Test Administrator's Guides for the NC Final Exams provides test administrators with detailed information on the preparation for and the administration of the NC Final Exams.
North Carolina Final Exams for 2015-16 (pdf, 150kb)
2015-2016 NC Final Exams Materials List (pdf, 76kb)
This resource provides a complete list of the NC Final Exams offered during the 2015-16 school year and includes the test materials required for each test administration.
Course Codes that Align with the NC Final Exams (pdf, 202kb)
The attached chart lists course codes that align with the NC Final Exams that will be administered during the 2015-16 school year. (Updated August 14, 2015)
Procedural Guidelines for Implementing Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (August 2015)
Reference Materials for Select NC Final Exams
Students should have access to the following reference tables when taking the Physics, Chemistry, and Physical Science NC Final Exams.
- Physics Reference Tables
- Chemistry Reference Tables
- Physical Science Reference Tables
( pdf, 152kb )
Students should have access to the following formula sheet when taking the Advanced Functions and Modeling (AFM), Discrete Mathematics, and Pre-Calculus NC Final Exams.
- AFM, Discrete Mathmatics, and Pre-Calculus Formula Sheet ( pdf, 68kb )
Sample Constructed Response Area for Student Marks Answers in Test Book NC Final Exam Test Administrations
Students with the Student Marks Answers in Test Book accommodation do not receive an answer sheet during testing. Therefore, in order to provide them with equitable access to the demands of the constructed response items, schools may provide these students with the sample response space during testing. This document should be printed locally and treated as secure test materials once printed for testing purposes. The document may be enlarged locally for students who require large print materials.
Teachers may also use this document before testing day as a resource to prepare students for testing. The document does not need to be considered secure under these circumstances.
- Example Response Space for Social Studies (pdf, 169kb)
- Example Response Space for English III (pdf, 169kb)
2014-2015 NC Final Exams with Constructed Response Items (pdf, 60kb)
This list identifies which tests include constructed response items and which tests will be offered online in the fall and in the spring.
NC Final Exams Assessment Specifications
Assessment specifications files for English, mathematics, science, and social studies North Carolina Final Exams provide greater detail on the assessments, including background information, the prioritization of the standards, cognitive rigor, item complexity, item types, and assessment delivery modes.
Released Test Items
Released test items of the NC Final Exams may be used by schools, students, parents, and the general public to gain a greater understanding of how the State-adopted curriculum standards are measured.